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Needless to say, Rovers can indeed boast with some really lucrative deals going both ways over the years. It’s not that common for Championship sides to splash the cash and break the records but the Blue and Whites certainly have a few that stand out from the crowd.
Most of them, however, have been done in the years long gone by and Andy Cole’s huge £10.9m switch from Manchester United in 2001/02 still takes the cake as Blackburn Rovers’ biggest and most expensive purchase ever.
But it should also definitely be noted that that particular season was huge when it comes to transfers as they also acquired the services of Corrado Grabbi from Ternana for £10.2m, which is still their second most expensive signing in their history.
It is also quite telling that they were unable to break those records in the following 20 years or so and the closest they’ve actually gotten was in 2012/13 when they signed Jordan Rhodes from Huddersfield for £9m.
And as impressive as those incoming transfers sound, the business they’ve done going the other way is even bigger. When Damien Duff was sold to Chelsea in 2003/04 for a reported fee of £22m, it marked the biggest and most lucrative deal the Rovers have even done and it remains their record to date.
Of course, they would come close to it over the years further down the line. Both David Bentley’s £19.8m transfer to Tottenham Hotspur and Roque Santa Cruz’s £19m departure to Manchester City came in as second and third most expensive signings respectively but couldn’t dethrone Duff.
There have been some absolute giants trotting the pitches of Ewood Park, both old and new. Of course, since we are talking about a truly historic club, that statement doesn’t really come as a big surprise at all.
So apart from the big-money acquisition such as the aforementioned Cole or Grabbi, there were players at Blackburn who took part in some of the most important moments of the club’s history. Of course, we’re talking about the legends of the game that played in the years gone by but their names are still standing strong in the Rovers’ pantheon.
The likes of Tugay, Tim Sherwood, Colin Hendry or even Michel Salgado, Chris Sutton and Bentley are all some of the best to ever don their colours. But perhaps the greatest one of them is none other than Alan Shearer who left Blackburn in 1996/97 to join Newcastle United for a reported fee of £18.9m.
It’s no surprise that both parts of the SAS partnership are on this list as their importance and legacy at the club still live on.